School in Jamaica Dedicated in Honor of Palm Beach Philanthropist
The school project was named in honor of Robert G. Gordon.
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Jan. 17) – Students enthusiastically waved letters that spelled out the word “Thanks” to welcome Food For The Poor representatives and the charity’s 2012 Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures Event Chairman to the Robert G. Gordon Memorial Bluefields Basic School dedication ceremony on Jan. 12 in Jamaica.
The school project, named in honor of Robert G. Gordon, will serve more than 100 students each year and was constructed with funds raised at the 2012 Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures Gala.
“Robert’s love of life was large,” said Paul Marino, the 2012 Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures Gala Event Chairman. “It was through his efforts and years of dedication that we were able to build an entire community in Bluefields, Jamaica. We cherish it in his memory.”
The Palm Beach community has worked to transform Gordon’s Village in Bluefields, Jamaica, since 2007 by establishing a self-sustaining fishing village in the community. Over the years, the groups raised money to replace dilapidated shacks with more than 125 permanent houses, construct a school for more than 100 children, build a fish processing facility, and provide residents with access to clean water and sanitation.
Food For The Poor’s 10th annual Palm Beach Gala, Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures, will be Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at The Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach. Proceeds from the gala will fund the expansion and renovation of Bluefields Health Centre in Bluefields.
The Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures Gala will open with an exquisite wine tasting reception sponsored by Dreyfus, Ashby & Co. and Republic National Distributing Company. Unique wine selections, jewelry and exotic escapes to such places as Hong Kong are among the varied prizes in the silent and live auctions. The evening culminates with a 4-course gourmet dinner with wine pairing.
For additional information, reservations, sponsorship and benefactor opportunities, please call 1-888-404-4248 or visit www.FoodForThePoor.org/palmbeach.
The annual event is chaired by distinguished Palm Beach philanthropists Patrick Park (Grand Honorary Chair), Arlette Gordon and Elizabeth Bowden (Honorary Chairs), Herme de Wyman Miro (International Chair), Mary Frances Turner (Ladies’ Committee Chair) and Russell Sherrill (Gentlemen’s Committee Chair). Additional committee members include Franklyn de Marco, Michael Dixon, Henry and Mary Virginia Fong, Emilio Guerra, Karen Mason, and Brownie McLean. Gala sponsors include the American Nicaraguan Foundation and Russ Reid Company.
Jenna Wolfe, co-anchor of NBC Weekend TODAY, will serve as master of ceremonies.
Food For The Poor, named by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.
For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.
Jennifer Leigh Oates
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